R. Ravikanth Reddy

NFC Nagar in Ghatkesar proves how villages can enjoy urban facilities with a little bit of effort

HYDERABAD: It's a village in the true sense, set amidst hills and vast open spaces surrounding it, but none of the inadequacies that come with a typical village tag. The internal roads are as neat as their homes and sanitation facilities can put the urbane to shame. Water that doesn't flow openly and garbage that is rarely seen on streets are the hallmarks of this small panchayat.

Selected under the Nirmal Gram Puraskar, an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development giving incentives to the fully sanitised and open defecation-free panchayats, NFC Nagar in Ghatkesar mandal of Ranga Reddy district is an example of how villages can enjoy urban facilities with a little effort.

No open drains

If the sight of dustbins surprises the visitors, the cleanliness in its surroundings amazes much more. The village doesn't have open drains and the internal roads are either cemented or ready to get tar laid on them. The roads are dotted with huge trees that seldom allow the sun to peek in. Potholes are hardly visible and the drive is a smooth affair in this village that is dominated by people working in the nearby industries. "It has been possible with the cooperation of residents," says Rajesh, the village Sarpanch. He says all the houses have access to sanitation and are connected with the drainage system, which is cleaned regularly. The onus is on residents to collect the garbage in their homes and dump it in a dustbin kept at every street corner and it is lifted everyday and burnt on the outskirts of the village.

Kumar, a resident feels there has been an amazing change during the last two years since the project was taken up. The drinking water supply has also been streamlined after it is outsourced.

However, some residents feel that a few hutshave not been extended the facilities and in the absence of toilets they are resorting to open defecation.